MERO-SCHMIDLIN raised floor project secures 2015 RIBA South East Regional Award for WWF HQ

MERO SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC are delighted to be part of the construction team on the award winning WWF, HQ project in Woking. Hopkins Architects  picked up one of the RIBA South East Region awards for the stunning project which has also secured a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation.

WWF HQ featuring Raised Flooring by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC one of the 2015 RIBA South East Region Award Winners

WWF HQ featuring Raised Flooring by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC one of the 2015 RIBA South East Region Award Winners

The Living Planet Centre is the new UK HQ for the World Wildlife Foundation and the brief for its design was inextricably linked to the ethos and aspirations of the client. Sustainability was at the forefront of every decision in not only the design but also the whole procurement process. The Raised Access Flooring System became a very integral part of the design not only with regard to its ‘Green’ credentials but also in meeting a host of challenges posed by the proposed site conditions.

The building was designed by the world renown Hopkins Architects with the aim of achieving the highest possible BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating. Particular attention was paid to the sourcing of the materials and as timber was used in abundance within the building, strict criteria with regards to Full Stewardship Council (FSC) certification was required within the Main Contractor’s Supply Chain. The System from MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC was the only Raised Access Flooring System under consideration which met all of the strict criteria with regards to the procurement brief and also contained a high element of recycled content in its boards, pedestals and in many cases the eventual floor covering itself.

The Raised Flooring System. Designed, Supplied & Installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN

The Raised Flooring System. Designed, Supplied & Installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Cold Bridging

With a fair faced concrete plinth being formed around the car park it enabled very cool air to lay beneath the building and as such ‘cold-bridging’ was an obvious concern that had to be addressed within the floor package design. One of the benefits of a quality raised access floor system is that it creates a very adaptable void which can hide a multiple of building service equipment whilst allowing vital components to be attended to with a minimum of disruption for servicing or repair. The Cold Bridging was particularly important as the void beneath the floor was also being used as part of a natural air distribution and ventilation system. Having carried out the necessary thermal loss calculations, a bespoke insulation build up was integrated into the raised access flooring system taking into account its position within the building and its eventual floor covering. The Concrete Floor Slab was covered with a waterproof membrane over which a rigid insulation slab was added further topped by a vapour barrier and finished off with a  cementitious board system which is robust enough to take the weight of the mechanically fixed recycled steel pedestals supporting the floor surface.

The building has a mezzanine floor giving it a very bright and airy interior

The building has a mezzanine floor giving it a very bright and airy interior

As Neil Burrows sales Manager of MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC Raised Access Floor Division explains, having a car park beneath the building presented several challenges:

“The void presented several thermal insulation issues and the use of calcium sulphate hollow floorboard laid onto the insulation as part of the Raised Access Flooring System offered the best solution.

The possibility of cold bridging from the car park beneath was addressed by the architects with 100mm high density insulation being fitted by Mero Schmidlin. The insulation however must not be compressed by any flexing (deflection) of the sub-floor and Mero-Schmidlin carried out extensive levels of testing on this issue.

In order to avoid any installation, product performance conflicts with regard to warranty, the main contractors were very keen for one company to complete the whole package and MERO-SCHMIDLIN were very happy to be able to meet the challenge.”

The Raised Floor supported a very mixed range of coverings from carpet to ceramic tiles.

The Raised Floor supported a  mixed range of coverings from carpet to ceramic tiles.

Having dealt with the cold- bridging, the void beneath the flooring was again implemented as a substantial component of the BREEAM aspirations. With modern building design the trend has long been against the use of air conditioning with a preference in using Natural Ventilation. This development makes full use of the many benefits provided by the raised access flooring but does involve a high level of monitoring during the design and installation of the flooring. Parts of the floor void are used to provide a Plenum through which the air is passed before re-entering the structure through strategically placed floor vents.  It is of course vitally important that both the system itself and the floor panels are airtight so they are fitted with neoprene seals to minimise any air leakage which might compromise the ventilation performance. The system is subject to pressure testing at various stages in construction but it is also paramount that the supports are strategically placed and the boards above them do not flex. Any movement could damage the seals within the support boards or indeed the flooring finish itself.

As part of the sustainability focussed design the WWF HQ uses cowls within the roof system to draw in air and the flooring system to re-distribute it.

By having a Raised floor system it has enabled a void to be produced which enables all of the building services to be concealed, thus creating a very clean and clear floor area.

By having a Raised Floor System it has provided a void which enables all of the building services to be concealed, thus creating a very clean and clear floor area.

Acoustic Insulation

The Living Planet Centre has a mezzanine floor around the edge of the building leaving the central section clear which allows the roof-lights to illuminate both the mezzanine and the ground floor. The mezzanine floor also features the Mero Raised Access Floor System with a similar void for services and ventilation, this has been designed to counteract both vibration and any sound which may pass through the structure. In both cases the steel pedestals support a steel framed floor panel system keeping the structure rigid to avoid compromising the acoustics, thermal insulation or indeed the ventilation.

The Raised Floor System has been constructed to provide a plenum enabling fresh are to be drawn in and ventilated via floor grilles

The Raised Floor System has been constructed to provide a plenum enabling fresh air to be drawn in and ventilated via floor grilles

Fire proofing

One of the many benefits of raised access flooring is that to the casual observer it appears to be just a ‘normal’ floor and its ability to carry a complete range of flooring finish options only enhances that view. In addition to heating, cooling, providing various routes for a multitude of building services wiring, data cables, pipework and trunking the floor void could also provide both access and air, vital components of any fire. It is then of course imperative that areas under the floor are able to be isolated, not only to prevent the fire spreading but also to avoid compromising the floor supports and components.

MERO Combi T System  enabled ceramic tiles to be factory bonded enabling a very speedy installation and almost immediate trafficking.

MERO Combi T System enabled ceramic tiles to be factory bonded enabling a very speedy installation and almost immediate trafficking.

Sustainability

Working with an organisation such as the WWF, the brief was always going to be sustainability lead. With the flooring system The Mero System met, or indeed exceeded, the brief both in its component sourcing in addition to some of the floor coverings used as part of the flooring package. The adjustable support pedestals contain a percentage of recycled content within the components and the two types of floor panels were chipboard or calcium sulphate both of which feature high levels of recycled content within their composite construction. All of the timber content was sourced by MERO-SCHMIDLIN via a fully certified Forest Stewardship Council supplier under FSC Guidelines and a full FSC Chain Of Custody certification provided. This was a pre-requisite at tender stage and was vociferously monitored by Willmott Dixon during the whole construction process. The  building has a variety of floor coverings to suit the needs of particular areas and much of the reception zone has a Strata Italian Merazzo composite ceramic type tile which has very high levels of recycled material and was factory applied by MERO-SCHMIDLIN.

The Mero Raised Access Flooring Systems.

As already explained the Raised Access Flooring System has become an integral part of any modern commercial building due to its versatility in providing a multitude of additional benefits over than ‘just providing a floor’. The benefits of the Raised Access Floors within the MERO range are by no means limited to the above salient points. These  systems have been specifically designed to speed up the floor application so that the disruption to the building site is kept to an absolute minimum. The obvious problem with any floor is the fact that various trades need constant access to other parts of the building site and indeed may require heavy plant within the newly installed floor areas to complete the internal finishes. Each system has been specifically designed to minimise and possibly avoid completely, any ‘Wet Trades’ such as screeding and possibly grouting. Many of the floor coverings can be factory bonded to the floor panels making sure that areas are bought back into use as soon as possible. The MERO-SCHMIDLIN team can advise on the correct floor protection system to take into account both the covering and any heavy plant that may be required during construction or ongoing maintenance. MERO-SCHMIDLIN can also supply a Hollow Floor System which incorporates underfloor heating within its design. The support boards can either be Chipboard or Calcium Sulphate both of which offer a robust and sustainable option in meeting any BREEAM aspirations. The Mero Design Team realise that any time saved on site can offer very significant cost savings for the project making the Mero Systems an essential component within any high quality floor system. The ability of the system to level any concrete floor slab without the need for screeds to be pumped into the work area is obviously a huge advantage. With the escalation of high rise buildings now in planning throughout the UK, this advantage has been widely taken up with the MERO Raised Access Flooring system recently being used on the 50th story of a recent London complex to avoid pumping floor screeds to that height. The Living Planet Centre is a stunning building and not only meets the demanding aspirations of its client but also sits very comfortably within a very challenging site.

More info on the project can be viewed on the MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC website

www.mero-schmidlin.com

A four page pdf Case Study can be downloaded here 4 Page RAF Case Study WWF HQ Woking

The project also featured in Greenbuild Magazine MERO-Green-Build-4pp-Web-Version (1)

See more on the project at Hopkins Architects http://www.hopkins.co.uk/projects/1/151

Photography by Paul Scott – Front Elevation www.frontelevation.co.uk

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How to cover all the options when specifying a canopy

The rather humble canopy is more than just a means of shelter and architects and urban designers are now fully appreciating the many commercial benefits a canopy can offer for buildings of all sizes.

Rather like the Atrium, the canopy has offered a solution to a number of social problems in addition to commercial advantages. For the purpose of this article I will not be including Smoking Shelters but will include their healthier relatives, the Cycle Shelter.

The Canopy at The Midlands Goods Shed at Kings Cross being refurbished. Image By Front Elevation

The Canopy at The Midlands Goods Shed at Kings Cross being refurbished. MERO-SCHMIDLIN                                     Image By Front Elevation

Healthcare

Healthcare is a very obvious sector for shelters, allowing people to partake in an element of fresh air especially where many healthcare building interiors seem to be kept at higher than normal working temperatures. A shelter not only protects them from the elements but allows people to exit vehicles under cover especially where special access or changes in transport are required. It allows patients or visitors to enter the building without wet footwear thus avoiding any potential slips or falls which may prove very serious within the healthcare sector. It is likely that the elderly in care homes or nursing homes would take longer exiting a vehicle and perhaps entering a building, especially when met with a confusing array of possible destination signs outside reception. Covered walkways also allow people to move from one building to another without getting wet or blown about. It is also perhaps rather obvious to point out that many incumbents of healthcare buildings may be less than suitably dressed to face the elements. With many healthcare installations a shelter can be colour coded or branded to allow patients to find their way or a particular link to a building. The shelter can also be a potential half-way house encouraging patients and visitors to make the important transition from inside to spending time outside especially where gardens or rest areas are also linked.

Hi-Tech Aluminium Components allow sleeker designs and greater spans

Hi-Tech Aluminium Components allow sleeker designs and greater spans. – MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Education

With smaller children it is vitally important that the get the opportunity to exercise and run off steam between lessons and the infamous British weather isn’t always user friendly in this respect. The use of larger spans and cantilevered beams enables greater areas to be covered without the need for multiple post supports which could well be a potential H&S hazard where young children are running around.

These areas should however not always be considered a Plan B when it comes to education as they can also be used for ‘outside’ lessons in the better weather and offer vital protection for play equipment or specialist areas. Schools are now even including a ‘building’ play area where children can interact with sand, blocks and scaled down construction related materials to promote team building skills in every sense.

With larger schools, academies and further education facilities a canopy can link multiple buildings offering an ideal transition between perhaps new and old or as a social area for staff and students.

With BIM and hi-tech production very complex geometries can be achieved

With BIM and hi-tech production very complex geometries can be achieved. –  MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Progress

Canopies rather like Atriums have perhaps been more widely used of late on the European mainland resulting in a number of advances in materials. For example many atriums have now dispensed with glass as a roofing material for a lighter ETFE option which enables thinner purlins, greater spans and to some extent less variation in temperatures. The same advances have been made in canopy structures and whilst the majority are still glass, a vast array of stronger, lighter and thinner profile components has allowed larger areas to be covered, with a minimum of supports. The benefit is that the areas beneath can be both practical and adaptable to meet a range of commercial and sociable requirements.

Commercial Applications

Retail

With the larger shopping areas both in and out of town, potential customers travel in by car, bus or train so are not usually fully equipped to face the elements. Whilst the shopping mall itself may be kept warm and cosy, exterior premises remain the first point of contact, especially focally, and access to these needs an element of protection for staff and shoppers. With the landlords looking to maximise rental income for every square foot, the exterior shopping spaces are very likely to suffer from lower footfall especially when the most prolific trading period in the UK comes slap bang in the middle of our winter. Shopping is now an experience in its own right and unprotected shop-fronts and entrances will not offer the Retail Therapy Experience required by stores to counter-act the Online battle lines or resurrect empty high streets.

The landlords of Shopping and Leisure areas are now Hedge Funds and Investment Houses looking to maximise footfall and revenue for their investors and enhancing both their premises and the visitors experience is now a priority.

This canopy is being added to a high profile shopping centre to enhance the shoppers experience in what was an exposed outer area. Image By Front Elevation

This canopy is being added to a high profile shopping centre to enhance the shoppers experience in what was an exposed outer area. Installation by MERO-SCHMIDLIN. Image By Front Elevation

The canopy is now a high tech application to convert an existing low rental income property into something more ‘blue-chip’ or to propel a shopping ordeal into a Retail Therapy Experience.

Cycle Shelters

A cycle shelter sends out all the right messages with regards to sustainability and carbon footprint. There are now a raft of grants available to organisations to cut their carbon usage and a cycle shelter ticks several of the boxes for urban design. Encouraging your staff, customers or tenants to travel by cycle is obviously best achieved if there are facilities to safely and securely store your cycle. Security and protection from the elements is now even more important with Hi-Tech cycles now costing something akin to the price of a used car five or six years ago. Whilst a four figure sum value is not yet the norm, cycles of this value are now widespread amongst the keen enthusiasts. A canopy and cycle shelter are now almost a pre-requisite on new build commercial projects and certainly almost compulsory for any building update or refurb.

Not all Cycle Shelters are as modernistic as this one at Green Park, Reading designed and installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC

Not all Cycle Shelters are as modernistic as this one at Green Park, Reading designed and installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC      Image By Front Elevation

Transport Hubs

Stations and Airports are the obvious choice for canopies and covered walkways as the need to be protected from the elements is greatest where an element of pedestrian access is unavoidable. As these are not places we can directly reach by car there will always be transit and ‘unloading’ points where luggage has to be handled and alternative transport modes are sought. The canopy is such that in the majority of cases it is included within the original build design but can just as easily be a ‘bolt-on’ extension or be designed as a construction transition between buildings and despite being hi-tech in its construction can be very sympathetically designed and constructed to reflect a ‘Heritage’ application as easily as  something more sleek and profiled.

This canopy is typical of the light and airy structures at airports allowing passengers to transit protected from the elements

This canopy is typical of the light and airy structures at airports allowing passengers to transit protected from the elements. T3 By MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Design

With modern construction methods and high tech procurement the canopy can fully reflect the ethos of the client or intended tenant. With sustainable products such as Glulam Timber or sleek aluminium coupled with Formula One technology there are almost no bounds to the size or shape of the area covered. Bespoke Construction can be dovetailed with standard components to give the highest elements of value engineering by combining UK Design with the vast array of European components and expertise.

Not all Atrium or Canopy Roof structures have to be Aluminium as demonstrated with the Glulam Timber sections here.

Not all Atrium or Canopy Roof structures have to be Aluminium as demonstrated with the Glulam Timber sections here. MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Construction

As with anything ‘out of the ordinary’ the design is vitally important not only in its aesthetics but perhaps more so in its ‘buidability’. Designing a structure which then has to be compromised to be built serves no purpose whatsoever and can become overtly costly. The same can be said when employing a contractor who doesn’t have a portfolio or heritage of this type of structure. These scenarios can result in a triangular blame game between architect, installer and supplier. In the event that the principal contractor or client also gets involved it will obviously escalate into something far worse, and costly. The best option is to involve a specialist contractor who understand structures of this nature and can therefore offer a fully comprehensive Design, Supply & Install option with no grey areas. If that company has worked on bespoke structures such as The Eden Project, The Scottish Parliament Building and Heathrow Airport then it is possible that the canopy may protect you from much more than the elements.

For more information on Canopy Design, Supply & Installation contact MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC on 01276 41 42 43 or

email info@mero-schmidlin.com

See website www.mero-schmidlin.com

Selected images by Paul Scott – Front Elevation

paul@frontelevation.co.uk    www.frontelevation.co.uk

 

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Flooring reaches new heights at Finsbury Square

In order to obtain the maximum possible floor space at 3 & 10 Finsbury Square the building services were routed beneath the floor using the MERO Combi T Raised Access Flooring System installed and supplied by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC the flooring division of the Camberley based specialist contractors

Mero Combi T Hollow Floor system in reception at 3 & 10 Finsbury square

Mero Combi T Hollow Floor system in reception at 3 & 10 Finsbury square (Image by Paul Scott www.frontelevation.co.uk)

3-10 Finsbury Square was a challenging project for its designers, Sheppard Robson, in replacing two existing buildings which stand between the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company and Finsbury Square itself. Creating the maximum possible amount of usable floor-plate resulted in 154,000 sq ft of prime commercial space offering versatility and flexibility within the complex building framework. Whilst on initial inspection the contemporary undulating facade may look to consist of steel and glass, Natural Stone is a prominent feature both internally and externally.

Jura Limestone flooring laid on top of the MERO Combi T Raised access Flooring System at Finsbury Square

Jura Limestone flooring laid on top of the MERO Combi T Raised access Flooring System at Finsbury Square (Image by Paul Scott www.frontelevation.co.uk)

The steel supporting strut on the facade was not a feature the client wished to flaunt so this was encased with a bespoke Moca Cream Limestone freeform geometric column set on a Carioca Gold Granite plinth. The floor area in reception was also adorned with high quality limestone set onto a MERO-SCHMIDLIN Combi T 36 Hollow- Floor Raised Access System which spanned a void varying in depth between 50mm and 150mm. The benefit of such a system are numerous, especially when attempting to achieve the best possible BREEAM rating.

A typical MERO Raised Access Floor framework

A typical MERO Raised Access Floor framework

Calcium Sulphate Panels were bonded to adjustable steel pedestals to provide a cavity allowing a multitude of building service pipes, wiring, trunking and data cabling to be installed within the void creating the maximum possible floor area. The Mero Combi T system installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN’s Raised Access Flooring division minimises the use of wet trades allowing work to continue throughout the reception area creating a very speedy and cost effective installation for the specialist stone contractors, Szerelmey Ltd. The MSUK technicians also carried out precision cutting around the floor protrusions such as security barriers.

Lifts and Security Barriers at 3 & 10 Finsbury Square

Lifts and Security Barriers at 3 & 10 Finsbury Square (image by Paul Scott – www.frontelevation.co.uk)

The reception flooring was 40mm thick Jura Limestone panels varying in size from 297mm square to 1.2m over a floor area of approximately 460 square metres. First impressions are very important for all clients and the reception area sets the tone for the whole building. The Mero Combi T Hollow Floor System enables a myriad of services to be hidden from view whilst allowing a range of the most sumptuous floor finishes to be installed with unrivalled precision without compromising the budget or the build programme. As a result of this design input the reception floor is almost completely unencumbered allowing the feature reception desk and lifts to become the only prominent element.

By having the services beneath the floor it has enabled both the floor plate and the facade to be maximised.

By having the services beneath the floor it has enabled both the floor plate and the facade to be maximised.(Image by Paul Scott – http://www.frontelevation.co.uk)

3 & 10 Finsbury Square is just one of a portfolio of prestige projects undertaken by the Camberley based MERO-SCHMIDLIN Raised Flooring teams in partnership with the Vauxhall based stone specialists, Szerelmey. The resulting comprehensive Design, Supply & Install package offered by MERO-SCHMIDLIN is a key component in aspiring to the highest possible BREEAM category and indeed in this case Sir Robert McAlpine succeeded in securing a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the £60m building.

For more information on how MERO-SCHMIDLIN can become a member of your design team or a link in your supply chain contact Neil Burrows of MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC @ neil.burrows@mero-schmidlin.com or call on 07595 41 23 77

See more case studies on Raised Access Flooring at www.mero-schmidlin.co.uk

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Work continues on Green Park facelift by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC

MERO-SCHMIDLIN are putting the final touches to the £8m refurbishment of 450 South Oak Way in Green Park Reading for ISG. The Barr Gazetas designed Category ‘A’ Fit Out for Oxford Properties has involved a complete reworking of both the internal and external space including a very complex cantilevered extension.

Completing the glazed facade at 450 South Oak Way

Completing the glazed facade at 450 South Oak Way

Whilst the specialist packages carried out by MSUK were challenging enough, a further complication was added by having to marry up a 12 year old obsolete Schuco glazing system with its 2014 replacement. However being able to call on the expertise of their own in-house design team in Camberley in addition to the expertise in Switzerland and Germany from the parent TSK Group is obviously a huge advantage.

The cantilevered extension being glazed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN.

The cantilevered extension being glazed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN.

Having recently taken on prestigious specialist packages within the Crossrail development and Kings Cross regeneration it is the ability to offer complex design solutions in addition to installation which separates the Mero teams from other contractors. It is certainly a benefit to have one organisation who can offer Design, Supply & Install and certainly eliminates any ‘Grey Areas’ in the event of any on-site complications. In our experience the architects blame the installers and the installers blame the suppliers, who usually blame the architects. Any disputes on site usually involve replacement materials and large amounts of down-time. As MERO-SCHMIDLIN packages are almost exclusively ‘Bespoke’ obtaining replacement materials can often take weeks and cause serious complications for the projects programme, and budget.

MSUK are also carrying out extensive reworking of the new atrium

MSUK are also carrying out extensive reworking of the new atrium

For architects to contact a Bespoke Installer such as MSUK makes far more sense than the more traditional ‘Manufacturer’ route. As part of a worldwide corporation (TSK Group) MERO SCHMIDLIN can source products from the most innovative producers all over Europe and beyond. As an installer they will be able to choose the best materials to suit the project based on their many years of experience and a highly trusted supply chain of manufacturers, distributors and sub-contractors.

This is an earlier shot showing the steel frame prior to the Schuco System being installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN

This is an earlier shot showing the steel frame prior to the Schuco System being installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN

Everyone who watches the BBC will see the new glass facade at Broadcasting House which was installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN and I suspect very few glazing installations will ever be more complicated than that particular project, which involved a cantilevered walkway between the building and the glass panels.

The glazed facade at Broadcasting House was part of several bespoke packages carried out by MERO-SCHMIDLIN on the BBC Broadcasting House refurbishment

The glazed facade at Broadcasting House was part of several bespoke packages carried out by MERO-SCHMIDLIN on the BBC Broadcasting House refurbishment

The walkway between the glazed facade and the main building at BBC Broadcasting House

The walkway between the glazed facade and the main building at BBC Broadcasting House

4 Page Case Study on BBC

“Certainly many architects and main contractors now appreciate the merits of working with a specialist contractor who are able to offer an inclusive Design, Supply & Install package on any bespoke envelope project. As the Scottish Parliament Building and The Eden Project testify, location is no obstacle for MERO-SCHMIDLIN.”

 For more information, or to contact MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC at the Camberley office http://www.mero-schmidlin.com/general/contact.htm or visit their website.www.mero-schmidlin.com

MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC Tel +44 (0) 1276 41 42 43

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Mero have Raised Access Floor covered in Greenbuild magazine

MERO-SCHMIDLIN’s work at the WWF Living Planet centre has been comprehensively covered in this months issue of Greenbuild Magazine. The project for the World Wildlife Fund obviously has a very focussed objective with regards to sustainability and MERO-SCHMIDLIN’s Raised Access Flooring played a significant role in meeting its BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

 

To see the full article, click on links below:

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For 4 page Case Study see below:

4 Page RAF Case Study WWF HQ Woking

 

For more info on MERO-SCHMIDLIN Raised Access Flooring Systems see their website http://www.mero-schmidlin.com/raisedfloor/default.htm

MERO-SCHMIDLIN are unique in offering a comprehensive Design – Supply – Install service so why not contact their Raised access Flooring’s division Sales Manager, Neil Burrows on 07595 412377 or email neil.burrows@mero-schmidlin.com

 

 

 

 

 

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MERO Kings Cross regeneration project features in Spring edition of Refurb Projects Magazine.

MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC have been working with BAM & Stanton Williams Architects at Kings Cross as part of one of the UK’s largest ever regeneration projects. The Camberley based bespoke envelope specialists have taken on a number of glazing, cladding and roofing packages converting the Victorian railway buildings into Hi-tech facilities for retail, commercial and education working alongside the clients Argent PLC.

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The structures themselves have been sympathetically restored but as the buildings were ‘just’ Railway Sheds they were not built to the exacting standards that have perhaps become synonymous with Victorian craftsmanship. This certainly posed more than a few problems for the MSUK contracting teams with procurement and installation. The very experienced teams at Camberley pulled out all of the stops to keep the project on track, even having one of their designers sit in with the BAM design team for the whole project to advise on the work being carried out by MSUK both internally and externally in the award winning projects.

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To read or download full article, click on link.

Kings Cross Refurb Mag Spring 2014 or visit MERO-SCHMIDLIN website

www.mero-schmidlin.com

For more info on Refurb Projects try their website http://refurbprojects-online.com/

 

 

 

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Why Raised Access Flooring in London is going even higher

With hundreds of Hi-Rise towers planned for London we are taking flooring to a whole new level.

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Tall storeys: the City of London skyline. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A recent survey by New London Architecture (NLA) think-tank suggests that 236 buildings of more than 20 storeys could be on their way in and around the capital. This figure hasn’t just been extrapolated but is based on local authority figures that are currently undergoing approval or under construction.

The research has already indicated that 23 will be between 40 and 49 storeys high with a further 22 to possibly exceed 50 floors.

Whilst The Shard has already shown how this type of building can be erected from a structural perspective there will be a series of challenges with the fitting out of buildings of these proportions. One of the problems with working at such heights is the transportation of materials and of course minimising the building structure weight. Developers are also under pressure for fast completion programmes all of which throw up a series of very complicated hoops for contractors to jump through.

Raised Access Flooring Systems such as the MERO brand are able to address all of these issues. Whilst pumping a floor screed up 5 storeys may be reasonably practical, anything above 20 storeys becomes far more problematic. In the event that this is carried out, a screeded floor adds far more weight to a building than a Raised Floor System. A standard Raised Access Floor System would tip the scales at around 56kg per square metre which would be up to 100k lighter than a typical sandstone screed. The elimination of ‘Wet Trades’ is a vital factor in both speed of installation and ‘bought into use’ factors.

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A typical Hi-Rise Raised Access Flooring installation

“A standard Raised Access Floor System would tip the scales at around 56kg per square metre which would be up to 100k lighter than a typical sandstone screed”

 

Whilst the owners of The Shard does not allow MERO-SCHMIDLIN to use the building to promote its products or services, if we said we have recently installed a MERO Combi T Raised Access Flooring System on a series of floors which were 50+ storeys high, it wouldn’t exactly require Sherlock to work out where it was. The Raised Access Floor System can offer a whole range of benefits. It can turn an unfinished and uneven concrete floor slab into a beautiful high quality stone, marble surface or be covered with any of the whole myriad of floor coverings. A recent high rise project featured a concrete floor slab which had a 75mm height variation over as little as 5m in width. This was corrected by using shims at one end and adjustable steel pedestals as the floor sloped away. The void beneath the surface can be used for data cabling, building services, ventilation or indeed integral under-floor heating. These are the pre-requisites of high tech apartments and contemporary office space and allow for everything to be accessed whilst being far from intrusive. The MERO Combi T Range offers a huge variety of sustainability options to meet the highest BREEAM aspirations. It certainly beats transporting a wheelbarrow full of screed up 50 floors.

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This image shows just how much a ‘Raised Access Floor’ can be raised. In this instance it was a courtyard conversion.

Floor Finishes

The MERO Raised Access Floor Systems avoid the use of ‘Wet Trades’ such as screeding and in many cases grouting. Many of the stone and ceramic finishes can be factory bonded to the floor panels, providing an almost ‘instant’ floor. The flooring panels  can be constructed of chipboard or calcium sulphate making them not only relatively light but also very sustainable. The panels can be galvanised steel framed to add rigidity and prolong the life of the panels themselves. It is possible to completely encase the floor panel so that any seepage of cleaning materials or water will not cause any long term damage. The whole ethos of using Raised Flooring will of course offer a warmer floor by definition and of course Cold Bridging can be easily addressed and additional insulation can be applied. Once the system provides a levelled floor this offers the proverbial blank canvass for floor covering. In addition to a whole host of factory bonded options,  carpet, vinyl, timber or indeed laminate can easily be used offering a possibility for a completely bespoke and flexible mix of ‘all of the above’.

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In many cases Rigs are set up to pre-test applications prior to installation

Acoustics

Anyone who has lived in an apartment will be very aware of the need for acoustic insulation and of course the floor is probably the most important area for this to be addressed. Having spent your tens of millions on your luxury high rise apartment, you wouldn’t really want to hear the Oligarch’s girlfriend in the penthouse above you walking on the marble floor in her stiletto’s. The void and indeed the panels themselves can have acoustic insulation fitted within or bonded directly to address these concerns.

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This image should dispel any doubts as to the floors strength. Many atriums have a requirement for access plant internally so these possible applications have to be addressed

Underfloor Heating

Whilst levelling an uneven floor slab, reducing the weight mass,  concealing the building services, addressing both thermal and acoustic insulation should be enough reasons to convert any sceptic, Raised Access Flooring has yet another trick up its sleeve.

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This image is a MERO Combi T Thermo application incorporating Underfloor Heating (Coventry University)

The MERO-COMBI T Thermo system has a wet-system integral under-floor heating option which adds very little to the system height but offers a completely new dimension to the flooring to further enhance the interior fit out options whist offering a very easy to control and cost effective heating solution.

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The Mero Combi T Raised Access Flooring at Park House, Oxford Street has been precision installed.

MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC are based in Camberley and offer a comprehensive design service to advise not only on the most appropriate and cost effective floor system but also on the range of covering options. MERO Raised Access Floor Systems have been used not only on that very tall building but also at Rothschilds Bank HQ, The WWF HQ, Coventry University Computer Faculty and many more residential and commercial projects. See website for Case Studies and Technical Data Sheets.

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Natural Stone Flooring at Rothschilds Bank HQ, is another great example of the Mero Raised Access Floor solutions. The raised floor conceals miles of data and security cabling plus a whole network of building services.

MERO-SCHMIDLIN are not only manufacturers but offer a fully integrated installation service. This offers a whole range of benefits not only in design but gives the Principal Contractor and Client piece of mind knowing that the manufacturer and installers are one entity thus avoiding the us and them scenario between manufacturer and installer if any issues arise.

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A typical Installation – The WWF HQ Woking

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A Mero Raised Access Floor during installation at the recently completed Living Planet Centre, WWF HQ, Woking.

For more info see the MERO-SCHMIDLIN website

 http://www.mero-schmidlin.com/raisedfloor/default.htm

 For enquiries call Neil Burrows MERO SCHMIDLIN Raised Access Flooring Sales Manager on 07595 412377 or email neil.burrows@mero-schmidlin.com

 

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